annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd I'm back. For how long? Who knows.
I've got this one for you. Still going through it, I basically picked this up because 1.) Compass Point Studios and 2.) Todd Terje's killer cover of "Johnny and Mary" with Bryan Ferry was burning up my iPod so bad I had to check out the original, and it's still kicking my ass.
What you're getting into - some super tight new-wave/power-pop whatever-you-want-to-call-it, clean studio trickery, some straight ahead rockers that suck in a good way, and... "Johnny and Mary." Chris Frantz, Gary Numan, and others guest. Good times! Combed-back hair! Cassette tape Walkmans! The Bahamas!
Here's Todd Terje's rendition of that song I keep talking about:
And the original video, complete with mime dancing:
Some other highlights on this first listen: "I Dream of Wires", "Woke Up Laughing"